October 24, 2015
U.S. News‘ headline above an AP report on Everytown for Gun Safety: Backed by activist moms and Bloomberg’s money, gun-safety group expands influence in states. The article regurgitates Everytown’s spin on their progress (or lack thereof) degrading and destroying Americans’ gun rights. Pay no attention to our resounding defeat on the national level. Or polls that show majority and growing support for gun rights. Or gun rights expanding in more than a dozen states. We’re kicking ass and taking names on the state and local level! I’ll spare you the anti-gunners’ bloody shirt-waving high-fives. To his credit . . .
AP writer Ryan J. Foley includes some choice NRA quotes pushing back against Everytown’s PR. Like this:
In its most recent tax filing, Everytown reported $36 million in spending in 2013, or about 10 times as much as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, a prominent gun-control group that has little presence in states. The 5 million-member NRA spent $290 million that year, including $27 million on its lobbying arm.
The NRA remains a potent force in states. Gun rights supporters have successfully pushed for legislation to allow concealed weapons in more public places and to loosen permit and license requirements that they say undermine the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
A new law in Maine, for example, allows legal gun owners to carry concealed handguns without a permit, wiping out a mandatory permit system that had been in effect for nearly a century. It was a defeat for Everytown, which ran television, radio and digital ads across the state against the bill.
Texas lawmakers gave the gun lobby its best session in 20 years, passing bills to allow those with permits to carry guns in plain sight and to carry concealed weapons on college campuses. Yet even there, lobbying from gun-control supporters helped obtain a significant concession that will allow university administrators to carve out gun-free zones.